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About Us

For the last decade Babana has been providing a dedicated space each month where Indigenous men and boys can meet to talk about issues impacting them. Called the “mens group meetings” we hold them on the last Friday of each month and they are an opportunity to meet, share and exchange knowledge and experience, tell stories, provide access to inspiring speakers and updates about what is happening in the community.

We also tackle some of the big issues through Indigenous eyes that deal with the economy, housing and employment, community affairs and social development. More than 3,000 people have participated in men’s group meetings over the last decade from the time we started meeting under a tree in Redfern to our current location of Benledi House, 186 Glebe Point Road.

The structure of Men’s Group follows the age old concept of the yarning circle – where we gather, with no judgement of those in the circle, and talk about the big challenges that we might be facing from relationships and the home front, to kids, jobs and mental health. We talk about the things that most impact and trouble each other while at the same time working to support each other and identify solutions for moving forward.

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Mark Spinks

186 Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW 2037
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Positive impacts


"I've found a great group of mates"

Mateship is an important pillar of every Men’s Shed – first and foremost the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like-minded mates.


“I give back to the community”

Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.

Health & Wellbeing

“My health and wellbeing is better because I'm a Shedder”

Many shedders experience improved mental health outcomes. Men (and women) involved at their local Shed report increased self-esteem through participation and learning new skills; de-stigmatisation of experiencing mental health and de-stigmatisation of prevalent social issues related to mental health.

Watch — More than just a shed

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the national service provider supporting more than 1,200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations.

AMSA was established in 2007 by a collection of Australian independent community-based Men’s Sheds to represent, support and promote the Men’s Shed movement. It was founded on the principle of sharing information between sheds and those communities wishing to establish and operate a Men’s Shed. It acts as a central hub for information exchange.

Facts & Figures


Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)


More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries


The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)


More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds